Full Seatback Projections for Passenger Entertainment
Not only would most of the seatback become a projection screen, it would also show information relating to the land area under the aircraft in "real time," including details on the culture, history, and natural environment. Don't read too much into the use of the word "projection," as it would be touch-screen and interactive.
Larger Windows for Better Sightseeing
A German glass manufacturer was honored for its lightweight glass composites that would allow for larger airplane windows. The idea of larger windows would go well with the "real-time" projections proposed above, allowing better sight lines to go along with information on what's below the aircraft.
Sleek Seats for Increased Passenger Comfort
It's hard to advocate for these seats without actually sitting in them, but thinner seats seem like an obvious solution to the spacing problem aboard airplanes. We think anyone over six-feet tall will greatly appreciate the extra few inches between seats.
'Moveable Seats' for Cabin Rearrangement
We'd be much more excited about this idea if it was meant to increase in-flight social interaction, but the ability to convert seats between business class and economy will definitely provide a little flexibility in filling out an aircraft. If business class on a particular route doesn't usually fill up, the seats can be sold as economy, or vice versa. Personally, we'd prefer to see airlines upgrade someone instead of making a business class seat into an economy seat. That said, people will benefit during the booking process as airlines will be able to open up more seats in either class based on demand.
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